Vacation Postcards

Summer Party Event

- sponsored by Virtual NYC USk

"The concept of postcards originated in 1865. Dr. Heinrich von Stephan, a Prussian postal officer, proposed the idea, but it was denied. At the time, Stephan’s postcard idea was considered “too radical”. Plus, his peers didn’t believe that people would write their personal information on a card. However, four years later (in 1869), Austria-Hungary decided to use the postcard concept. These postcards didn’t have any images, only text. During the Franco-Prussian War, soldiers started using postcards to send messages to their families back home. The first picture postcard appeared in 1870 in France. August Schwartz, a German book dealer, designed this illustrative postcard." (The History of Postcards - The Creative Hagja)

video: History of Postcards

History of Postcards
Vintage Postcards
Zazzle Vacation Postcards
Dafont Vintage Postcard
Adobe Create a Postcard

Here is an incomplete list from the Survey Monkey Poll on 6/25:

(Favorite Vacation spots of participants of Virtual NYC USk)
  • Jones Beach (NY)
  • Tuscany, Italy
  • Waterton Lake National Park, Canada
  • Cape Cod, Massachussets
  • Atlantic city
  • Japan
  • Lake Powell Arizona
  • Canadian maritimes
  • Bon Aire
  • St. Martin
  • French Riviera
  • Colorado Springs
  • Costa Maya
  • Yellowstone
  • Norfolk England
  • Rehoboth Beach
  • Yosemite National Park
  • Manitoulin Island
  • Hog Island ME
  • Plymouth, Devon, England
  • Letchworth State Park
  • Bruges, Belgium
  • Jersey Shore
  • Maui, Hawaii
  • Cape Ann
  • Pocono Pines, Pa
  • Switzerland
  • Cornwall
  • Germany
  • Sierra Nevada Mountains
  • Brewster Mass
  • Bermuda
  • The Tyler Place, High Gate Springs, VT
  • Martha's Vineyard 
generic responses
-national parks
-road trips

Today's Virtual New York Urban Sketchers event is from 10:00 am EDT to 2 pm EDT.

*Please post your finished sketches to the USk NYC Facebook site. Be sure to add the hash tag #NUS. Please also note that while we are sponsored by USk NYC, our online event is grounded on reference images, which is a very different approach from doing the in-person, on-site urban sketch event promoted by the Urban Sketchers Manifesto.

Facilitators of Virtual NYC Urban Sketchers:
  • Theresa Smith
  • Lynda Greeley (Mama Bear)
  • Cecilia Evasco (Maricel)
  • Dina Schlesinger
  • Michael Skelly
  • Alan Wernicke
  • Elizabeth Birkby
with the assistance of Mark Leibowitz
founder of USK NYC.

Web site design by Cecilia Evasco
for Virtual NYC Urban Sketchers
under the auspices of USk NYC.
Scheduled for July 9, 2022

Upcoming: Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket
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